Rep. Julie Yamamoto, R-Caldwell

The House set its committee lineup for 2023 — with a few big surprises.

Rep, Julie Yamamoto, R-Caldwell, will chair the House Education Committee, replacing Rep. Lance Clow, R-Twin Falls.

Beginning her second term in the Legislature, Yamamoto will now head one of the most prominent and closely watched committees in the Statehouse. The retired teacher and school administrator served on House Education in her first two years in the House.

Clow, beginning his sixth House term, will remain on House Education, and he will also chair the House Business Committee.

In another significant move, House GOP leadership added another Republican seat to the powerful Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee — stripping one of two seats from the Democrats.

Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, was named JFAC’s House co-chair.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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